Torah Ministry | Do Not Fear – A Scary Trend

Shalom. As we have been simplifying our lives the past few years, I have more time to notice the lives around me. As good as this is, sadly the majority of the lives around me have been filled with fear. By fear I mean, fear of the government. Fear of radical religion. Fear that our closest friends may not enter into the kingdom. Etc… Yehovah commands us to NOT fear more than the majority of any command in the scriptures. Granted, we live in a world that is chaotic at best, and bound for destruction at worst. If it’s not the imminent collapse of the world system that breeds fear, it’s the threat of radical religious war that has many people in the bonds of fearful assumption.

Why did Yehovah instruct us to not fear? I know, I know, “Fear is the beginning of wisdom.” I guess the question we must ask ourselves is, “What is fear?” I would like to submit to you that “Fear” is WORSHIP. Worship? YES! Worship! Sadly most people have missed this simple fact. Why is the Fear of Yehovah, the beginning of wisdom? Because when we begin to worship Him in the correct way, we are granted revelation of His truth! Sadly, the very people who say they have revelation, messianics included, fear MEN more than Yehovah. The compromise in the message of some of the most influential “Hebrew Roots” teachers proves my point. Not to mention the countless young “ex-christians” who are trying to be “christians” to save their “christian brothers.”

Who do you fear? Or maybe the question should be, “Who do you WORSHIP?”

I saw a comment on a youtube video the other day. This video was made by an individual who used to be one of the boldest truth teachers out there. He has since compromised his message greatly because of compromise he has allowed in to his own life by justifying that certain instructions are up for our interpretation. So, back to the comment. This individual, who confesses a “Torah Pursuant” lifestyle, said this, “I totally understand that the Torah is the Truth. Amen! But no other definition of truth?” He went on to say that the idea that Torah is the ONLY definition of truth was going to turn christians off to the truth. So, who is being worshiped if our goal is to keep men turned on to the truth? MAN! The truth is, people love their neighbor more than they love Yehovah and they will leave truth in certain areas in order to please the ones who are walking in lawlessness. How do we convince someone their lives are lawless, if we tell them what they want to hear?

For this is a rebellious people, false sons,
Sons who refuse to listen
To the instruction of Yehovah;
Who say to the seers, “You must not see visions”;
And to the prophets, “You must not prophesy to us what is right,
Speak to us pleasant words,
Prophesy illusions.
“Get out of the way, turn aside from the path,
Let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.”
Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel,

“Since you have rejected this word
And have put your trust in oppression and guile, and have relied on them,
Therefore this iniquity will be to you
Like a breach about to fall,
A bulge in a high wall,
Whose collapse comes suddenly in an instant,
Whose collapse is like the smashing of a potter’s jar,
So ruthlessly shattered
That a sherd will not be found among its pieces
To take fire from a hearth
Or to scoop water from a cistern.”
For thus Yehovah Elohim, the Holy One of Israel, has said,

“In repentance and rest you will be saved,
In quietness and trust is your strength.”
But you were not willing,
And you said, “No, for we will flee on horses,”
Therefore you shall flee!
“And we will ride on swift horses,”
Therefore those who pursue you shall be swift.
One thousand will flee at the threat of one man;
You will flee at the threat of five,
Until you are left as a flag on a mountain top
And as a signal on a hill. (Isaiah 30:9-17)

When we try to convince our neighbors by being relevant and telling them what they want to hear, or “pleasant words,” we are helping them stay exactly where they are and taking their position upon us. Yehovah is not the one who is being worshiped here, but the neighbor who doesn’t want to walk in the way of Truth. How are we and our neighbors saved? IN REPENTANCE AND REST. You see, the last part of the passage above ends with people fleeing. Why are they fleeing? Because they are worshiping the oppressor. They turned their ears from the instruction of Yehovah and their cries have become an ABOMINATION (Proverbs 28:9). I write all of this to warn those of you who are being caught in this “Christian Roots movement,” or whatever else you want to call it, that relevance to man is never what saves man! Stand in truth! Speak it! Live it! Repent and rest in HIM! That is where salvation is. YOU CANNOT SAVE ANYONE! Especially if you are bending the truth in efforts to not offend them! Yehovah is the one who draws hearts unto himself. Woe to you if you stand in the way of a heart seeking for truth, because you are trying to make them feel good about the house from which they came! WAKE UP! His word is Truth. His Torah is truth! THERE IS NO OTHER DEFINITION! Yeshua has not added to the Torah. HE IS THE TORAH! Hear the sound of the Shafar and fear (worship) Yehovah! The fear (worship) of man will kill you. Shalom.

Outcry Ministries | Balaam’s Error – Torah Truth

2 Kepha (Peter) 2:1-22

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.

For if Elohim did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the unrighteous; and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live unrighteous lives thereafter; and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds), then the Master knows how to rescue the righteous from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority.

Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties, whereas angels who are greater in might and power do not bring a reviling judgment against them before the Master. But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in the destruction of those creatures also be destroyed, suffering wrong as the wages of doing wrong. They count it a pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are stains and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, as they carouse with you, having eyes full of adultery that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, accursed children; forsaking the right way, they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; but he received a rebuke for his own transgression, for a mute donkey, speaking with a voice of a man, restrained the madness of the prophet.

These are springs without water and mists driven by a storm, for whom the black darkness has been reserved. For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error, promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved. For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Master and Savior Yeshua the Messiah, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them. It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “A dog returns to its own vomit,” and, “A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.”

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Sadly, it is becoming more evident each day, that there are those who claim Torah, but follow after Balaam. What is this “Error of Balaam”? We have to look closely at this text to see what his error was.

Let’s look at the fruit of these men…

Right off the bat, we know that they are teaching falsehood. Secondly, and more importantly, they are WITHIN the true body! Kepha is NOT talking about Christian pastors! He is talking about teachers within the truth movement! We have evidence of this by skipping ahead in this chapter to verse 18.

For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error, promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved. For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Master and Savior Yeshua the Messiah, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.

So we see here, that these False Prophets are leading those who have ESCAPED the doctrines of man astray! We can safely conclude that these men are not JUST Christian teachers, but “Messianic” Teachers as well, who are within the Truth movement, that are leading those who have escaped mans religious system right back into it! These are the men who claim to teach Torah, but are silencing the voice of Yehovah and telling people, “It’s ok to still be involved in ‘put your own doctrine of man here’. You can learn from these men even if they don’t follow Torah.” ABSURD! Learning the scripture from a Christian university, or any other institution that does not teach all of Torah, is like learning to be intimate from a harlot! Christianity has DEFILED the scriptures just as the harlot has defiled intimacy! I was in a conversation with the OT Prof at a major Christian University recently. He was trying to convince me, and all who were listening in, that we DON’T HAVE TO KEEP TORAH! This is what the Enemy has been doing since the garden. If you are the Enemy, how do you defeat Israel? By convincing them to NOT obey! Samson’s Hair anybody? He lost His strength when he was in compromise! Our strength is OBEDIENCE! So, while this “Professor” might have knowledge, it is a knowledge that leads to death, and is trying to take every child of Yehovah with it!

The Torah commands us to tear down the high places of the false religious system! Yeshua followed this command when He flipped the tables in the temple, and we too must follow this command by bringing these lies to the LIGHT! It is not “happenstance” that a good majority of “teachers” in the TRUE body have a degree in ministry or theology from a CHRISTIAN University! Wake up people! What was Balaam’s error? He convinced the TRUE body to DISOBEY the commands of Yehovah! These False prophets (only the ones who defend Christianity in one way or another) are leading men and woman, young and old alike, right back into the vomit they once left, by preaching a “Tickle your ears” message to them! Shaul NEVER ministered in a sun temple! READ IT FOR YOURSELF! He was in the synagogues, teaching obedience to Torah AND the testimony of Yeshua. These modern “Balaams” are following in Balaam’s footsteps, just as Kepha said they would! LEAVE KORAH’S CAMP! If you don’t, you WILL be swallowed up, just as Kepha says these False Prophets will receive their judgment, which was appointed for them LONG AGO!

Shalom.

(Also see…Jude 1; Revelation 2:12-17)

TRUTH – It’s Never Too Late to Tell it.

As I was waiting in the High School office this morning (I am a substitute teacher in the local High School.), I noticed a poster on the wall outside the principal’s office. It said, “TRUTH – It’s never too late to tell it!” That poster inspired this post!

It’s absolutely amazing how important telling the truth is in this culture! Growing up in public education systems and not to mention living in the Bible belt, telling the truth was and still is a very important thing. I can remember multiple times in school when I was caught in a lie that I had told about a friend, or whatever else I was involved in, and shuttering as the administration would shake the truth out of me. Whether it was at school or at home, I’m sure we all have had similar situations in our lives. Why is telling the truth so important?

As I remember my childhood, there is no doubt in my mind that telling the truth was far more respectable, and pleasing to our own conscience than the alternative. The thing that blows my mind is, when the “Truth” goes against what some might believe to be true, it is not received as truth, but a LIE! Did you read that? When truth goes against what is believed to be true, it is considered a lie!

The other thing I can remember is, when I truly didn’t want to get caught in a lie, I would have to manipulate multiple people into believing that what I was saying was true. Therefore, the lie that I had told, was beginning to be believed as true, thus making the absolute Truth, a lie. Well, at least it seemed that way. The truth is, TRUTH is truth and lies are lies.

LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE!

If someone believes a lie to be truth, and teaches it as truth, are they a liar? This is a hard question! The one who told the original lie is a liar, but are those who spread that lie, even if they wholeheartedly believe it to be true, liars as well? The answer, though hard to swallow, is YES!

The Brit Hadasha (commonly referred to as the “New Testament”) teaches us to test everything according to the scriptures, to find if it is true or not. What scriptures could it be referring to? Is it referring to Galatians, or Romans? When the Berean’s tested Shaul’s (commonly referred to as “The Apostle Paul”) teachings with the scriptures, to find that what he was teaching was true, what “scriptures” did they use? Why did they use these “scriptures” as the foundation for Truth? Could this mean that the scriptures the Berean’s used are Truth? So things like, “the swine, though it has a split hoof, does not chew the cud, so it is not food for you….” are truth? The Berean’s could NOT have used Shaul’s letters to test his own teachings! They had to use the Scriptures that they had, which by the way are the same scriptures Yeshua quotes from.

So, we have established the fact that just because you believe something to be true, it does NOT make it truth. We have to test everything according to the “Scriptures” (Tanakh or, commonly referred to as the ” Old Testament”) in order to find if it is really true, or just a cultural lie that has been taught as truth. If truth is such an important thing in little, every day things, it MUST be important in our spiritual lives as well!

“PRIDE COMES BEFORE THE FALL.”
Yeshua

I find it very interesting, that when you challenge common thought, even if you have plenty of evidence against it, it is not well received. It reminds me of a quote from the True Messiah, Yeshua, “Pride comes before the fall.” Common thought will be held in the light of truth and fall when it does not line up with His word.

Test EVERYTHING according to the scriptures to see if it is truly the TRUTH, or a lie that has been received as truth!

Shalom.

What is Love?

1 John 2:3-6
By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of Elohim has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.

Did he just say, “Whoever KEEPS his word, in HIM the LOVE OF ELOHIM IS PERFECTED??! What is Love? The bible defines it as OBEDIENCE to the WORD of the FATHER! John says “if you say you love HIM, but DO NOT obey HIM, you are a LIAR.” Remember, Yeshua’s commands ARE NOT NEW! They are the Fathers commands.

John 14:23,24
Yeshua answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.

He Lived perfectly according to the Torah, NOT to do away with it, but to show us how we can lay down MAN’s traditions, and live in GOOD Doctrine! HIS TORAH. So according to our bibles the TRUE definition of LOVE, is OBEDIENCE! How do we love our neighbor as ourself? If we obey Yehovah’s Torah, it gives us perfect instruction on how to love our neighbor! We must STOP defining love with our own understanding, and turn to good doctrine! May you learn to truly LOVE Yehovah by receiving Yeshua’s testimony, and walking as HE HIMSELF WALKED!

What is His name? – A Follow Up

I decided to make a follow up post helping explain a little bit more, the previous entry I made. What is His name? It has become very obvious to me that this a “hot topic” in the religious world! My last post stated that we should be proclaiming His name, which is יהוה.

Nowhere did I state that we couldn’t refer to Him as Adonai. The problem with Adonai, is not the title, but the use of it. The rabbis taught the people long ago to read יהוה as אדוני, thus helping the enemy remove His name from our lips. This is not a bash on the rabbis. They were trying to save their tails in a time of horrible persecution. I cannot judge them. What I can do, is assess the situation with the text. The text has His name written out, יהוה, over 6800 times. Does Adonai appear in the text? Absolutely it does! Again, the problem is not “Adonai”, but the use of it.

As I explained in the previous post, calling him master, or lord, is not setting Him apart. If we are in a room full of men, and I holler out, “Thanks guy!”, who am I referring to? Eliyahu said, ” If Baal is Elohim, worship him! If יהוה is Elohim, worship Him.” You see, in a mixed multitude of religious beliefs, saying “praise the lord” applies to everyone. But when I proclaim His name, יהוה, it sets Him apart from all other mighty ones. With little research on the word Lord, one could say that’s what they were calling out when they said, “oh Baal, oh Baal, answer us!”

The name Adonai is used to try and make יהוה relative to all religions today. The religious giants in the day of the rabbis, didn’t want to hear the name יהוה spoken. The religious giants of today are accomplishing the same thing.

The Christian god, is not the same mighty one as יהוה. That’s hard to swallow for some, and quite apparent to others. The ones who understand this truth, look and act quite different, and are set apart from Christianity. Ironically, people who claim to have “crossed over”, try and bring their idolatry with them, into their new lives. Sadly they are still in the same boat they were in, before they had revelation of the other side. When we die to ourselves and become new, we have to leave our ideas, our beliefs, our titles, EVERYTHING behind. If we still have some of the beliefs from our past, we survived the “crucifixion with messiah” and are actually still living in our old form.

I call my wife all sorts of titles when I’m alone with her, in the privacy of our own home, but when I need to get her attention in a group a various people, I use her name. People! We are in a large group of religious nonsense! We MUST begin using His name and set Him apart from all other mighty ones. If not, you might be calling upon Baal and not even know it!

Shalom.

What is His name?

I find it interesting that a lot of people in the “messianic” movement are buying translations of the Scriptures that use the “NAME” of our creator, but yet still refer to Him as “lord” and various other titles. Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT bashing people in this post! I just know that the Scriptures plainly tell us MULTIPLE times to remember His name, to proclaim His name, to make His name set apart. The irony is, when we refer to Him as “the lord”, we are not only throwing Him in the pot with all other mighty ones, but we are NOT proclaiming or calling to remembrance, His name.

Please understand me! This is NOT a sacred name post. I am not trying to push your pronunciation to the curb! I’m saying, “ SPEAK HIS NAME!” His name is powerful! His name is wonderful! His name is the very name that frees us from Mitsrayim! HIS NAME IS יהוה!

Everywhere He causes His name to be mentioned, He comes and blesses that place! His name is NOT lord, jesus, christ, l-rd, adonai, etc. HE IS יהוה! The Messiah is יהושוע (Yehoshua or Yeshua) Is He my Adonai? Absolutely! But He wants us to call Him by His name! If He asked us to not say His name that would be different. But He has asked us to do the exact opposite, and call on His name!

“All who call upon the NAME OF יהוה will be saved!”
(Joel 2:32)

When we refer to Him as Lord, all other people who worship their “lord” are in agreement with us. When we say, praise, “praise the lord.”, everyone in the room praises his own idea of who the “lord” is. When we set His name apart and say, “praise יהוה.”, everyone has to make a decision to praise יהוה or not. Again, is He our master? YES! Is His name L-rd? NO. He is a good Father who wants us to call Him by name! Praise His name by USING IT!

“And I shall remove the names of the Ba‛als from her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name.” (Hosea 2:17)

Shalom!

Torah Ministry | Spirit of Eliyahu or Paul?

I have been doing a lot of thinking these past few days about how so many people HATE the prophetic voice of Yehovah. A passage from Isaiah (Yeshayahu) comes to mind…

For this is a rebellious people, FALSE sons, Sons who REFUSE to listen to the Torah of Yehovah; Who say to the seers, “You must not see visions”; And to the prophets, “You must not prophesy to us what is right, Speak to us pleasant words, Prophesy illusions. “Get out of the way, turn aside from the path, Let us hear no more about the Holy One of Yisrael.” (Isaiah 30:9-11)

Sadly, many today are trying to recreate the 1st century assembly, when in actuality we are in the times of Elijah (Eliyahu) the prophet! You have to remember that the 1st century assembly was around in a time when the temple was standing. They were not in captivity. They could go to the temple for the daily sacrifices etc. When terms like “food” were used, EVERYONE knew what the definition was, and that the speaker was not referring to everything you put in your mouth! I heard someone say something to the effect of, “You don’t sound anything like the Apostle Paul.” Again, sadly we are not in the days of Paul (Shaul).

“Remember the Torah of Moshe My servant, even the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Yisrael. “Behold, I am going to send you Eliyahu the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of Yehovah. “He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.” (Malachi 4:4-6)

Interestingly enough, he did not prophecy of the spirit of Shaul returning, but the spirit of Eliyahu! Lets take a look at the way Eliyahu handled the the prophets who were speaking lies…

When Ahab saw Eliyahu, Ahab said to him, “Is this you, you troubler of Israel?” He said, “I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, because you have forsaken the commandments of Yehovah and you have followed the Baals. (1 Kings 18:17,18)

So right off the bat, Eliyahu is calling it like it is! He is not patting people on the back but calling out the transgression as the cause for the trouble. So many people tell me that my tone is wrong. I watch daily, the Messianic movement walking right alongside pagan Christianity in saying words similar to the passage from Yeshayahu I quoted above! “You hate the body of Yeshua,” “You don’t have love in your speech.” “Prophecy to us ILLUSIONS!” Sadly Yisrael has settled for a watered down, weak message, that is about as far from the truth as lying. Let’s keep reading about Eliyahu, and see how this “spirit” operates.

“Now then send and gather to me all Yisrael at Mount Carmel, together with 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of the Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.” So Ahab sent a message among all the sons of Yisrael and brought the prophets together at Mount Carmel. Eliyahu came near to all the people and said, “How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If Yehovah is Elohim, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people did not answer him a word. Then Eliyahu said to the people, “I alone am left a prophet of Yehovah, but Baal’s prophets are 450 men. “Now let them give us two oxen; and let them choose one ox for themselves and cut it up, and place it on the wood, but put no fire under it; and I will prepare the other ox and lay it on the wood, and I will not put a fire under it. “Then you call on the name of your mighty one, and I will call on the name of Yehovah, and the mighty one who answers by fire, He is Elohim.” And all the people said, “That is a good idea.”

So Eliyahu said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one ox for yourselves and prepare it first for you are many, and call on the name of your mighty one, but put no fire under it.” Then they took the ox which was given them and they prepared it and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon saying, “O Baal, answer us.” But there was no voice and no one answered. And they leaped about the altar which they made. It came about at noon, that Eliyahu mocked them and said, “Call out with a loud voice, for he is a mighty one; either he is occupied or he’s relieving himself, or is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and needs to be awakened.” So they cried with a loud voice and cut themselves according to their custom with swords and lances until the blood gushed out on them. When midday was past, they raved until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice; but there was no voice, no one answered, and no one paid attention. (1 Kings 18:19-29)

I find it very interesting the humor that was involved in Eliyahu’s response to their cry! One of the arguments made about some of our images, is that there is sarcasm in the message and this detours from the truth. I have realized that those who DO NOT want to hear, will find any and every reason to do just that, NOT HEAR!

This story goes on to prove the true Elohim, Yehovah. Eliyahu didn’t go and try to reason with them and spend months in midrash. He called them to action, exposed the lies in which they were living, and called down fire from heaven!

So who’s spirit will the voice of truth sound like? Shaul or Eliyahu? Scripture makes it clear. It is the spirit of Elijah (Eliyahu). Hopefully you will test everything and slit the enemies throat when it comes to this demonic, light weight, compromised message that a lot of Messianic teachers are vomiting out for all to see. TIME IS SHORT! MAY YOU NOT BE OFFENDED BY YEHOVAH, BUT TURN TO HIS INSTRUCTION AND LIVE! Or, maybe I’m just a “Torah Terrorist”… TIME WILL TELL!

Shalom!

Forced or Willful Captivity – Did Daniel Choose His Role?

I find it interesting, that in the past few months, I have heard more than one person justify their role in a lawless institution by using the stories of Daniel and Yosef. Just as the Ruach of YHVH speaks the same truth to ALL who hear His voice, so does ha satan and all his minions. PEOPLE! DANIEL AN YOSEF DID NOT CHOOSE TO BE IN CAPTIVITY! They were forced to be in bondage and then given favor from YHVH to lead a lifestyle of righteousness in the midst of lawlessness! They did NOT worship how their captor’s worshiped. They did NOT compromise Torah for religion. And “IF” there was anything they could not do according to Torah, it was because they were forced into captivity!

So, if you are in a leadership role in the christian institution, or any other religious entity, and you justify it by using the account of Daniel and/or Yosef, you are actually bearing false witness against those two men of YHVH, and dragging them into the pit you willfully stand in. You HAVE CHOSEN TO BE THERE!

We are commanded to tear down idols. If you are willfully standing in a place of sun worship, and begin tearing down idols (steeples, crosses, icthus’, etc), you will NOT be welcome there! The three Hebrew children would not worship how the king wanted all the people to worship, and they were thrown in the fire! The house of ha satan will allow people to walk quietly in Torah for now, because compromise is his doctrine. However, when you begin tearing down his mighty ones (holidays, images, etc), you WILL NOT BE WELCOME THERE ANYMORE! This is the separation that takes place when we walk in the light. This is also the blessing we are promised when we obey Torah.

Korah’s camp is about to be swallowed up people! It’s time to leave it and everything in it, behind! Shalom.

Turn Up The Heat – Blow The Shofar

As I sat by the fire this morning, I thought about a conversation I had last night with my friend, and brother, Greg. We were talking about this false love that so rampantly deceives so many followers of Yeshua. The false love I am referring to sounds something like this.

“You are offending people because you are not sharing truth in love. You can’t just tell people that they are wrong! You have to do it in love.”

Greg and I were talking about the watchmen on the wall. We were wondering what it would be like if an enemy came in the middle of the night and the watchmen said…

“I can’t blow the shofar now, everybody is sleeping! How can I blow the shofar in a way that pleases everyone, and so everyone can hear the warning?”

Turn Up The Heat

Here is the simple answer…..

BLOW THE SHOFAR!

Leviticus 19:17

‘You shall not hate your fellow countryman in your heart; you may surely reprove your neighbor, but shall not incur sin because of him.’

So what is love? Is it staying silent while your brother transgresses Torah? Or is it rebuking him so that the transgression doesn’t fall on your head? The definition of love has been manipulated to the point that almost EVERYONE on the planet looks at it differently! Love your neighbor as yourself! Would you want to be taken captive in the night because the watchman was afraid to blow the warning shofar? I think not…

Some might be upset with this loud shofar blast in the middle of the night, and they will probably be upset at the shout of the coming of the bridegroom as well! When people love their slumber more than they love the way of Yehovah, they will be upset when you wake them. Sadly, its because of this, that many are beating the watchmen over the head with false words, much like what the prophet prophesied.

Isaiah 30:9-11

For this is a rebellious people, false sons, Sons who refuse to listen to the instruction of Yehovah; Who say to the seers, “You must not see visions “; And to the prophets, “You must not prophesy to us what is right, Speak to us pleasant words, Prophesy illusions. “Get out of the way, turn aside from the path, Let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.”

The main argument I hear is, “Everyone is in a different place and you have to be sensitive to where they are.” The truth is, everyone IS in a different place and that’s the PROBLEM! Yehovah is sending His watchmen to blow the shofar in order to call ALL of His sheep to the same field! It’s NOT ok that we are all in a different place. That’s the POINT! There is ONE truth. ONE Yehovah. If you and I have different opinions on what He says, either you, I, or BOTH of us are wrong! The kingdom of Yehovah is NOT a democracy! We DON’T get a vote! Wake up with ready ears to heed the warning of Yehovah! Maybe it’s time to turn up the heat! Shalom.

Isaiah 26:11-13

O Yehovah, Your hand is lifted up yet they do not see it. They see Your zeal for the people and are put to shame; Indeed, fire will devour Your enemies. Yehovah, You will establish peace for us, Since You have also performed for us all our works. O Yehovah our Elohim, other masters besides You have ruled us; But through You alone we bring to remembrance, YOUR NAME.

Moses’ Seat – Shelach

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Spies Sent into Canaan

13 Yehovah spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the people of Israel. From each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a chief among them.” 3 So Moses sent them from the wilderness of Paran, according to the command of Yehovah, all of them men who were heads of the people of Israel. 4 And these were their names: From the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the son of Zaccur; 5 from the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat the son of Hori; 6 from the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh; 7 from the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph; 8 from the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea the son of Nun; 9 from the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu; 10 from the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel the son of Sodi; 11 from the tribe of Joseph (that is, from the tribe of Manasseh), Gaddi the son of Susi; 12 from the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli; 13 from the tribe of Asher, Sethur the son of Michael; 14 from the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi the son of Vophsi; 15 from the tribe of Gad, Geuel the son of Machi. 16 These were the names of the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land. And Moses called Hoshea the son of Nun Joshua.

17 Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan and said to them, “Go up into the Negeb and go up into the hill country, 18 and see what the land is, and whether the people who dwell in it are strong or weak, whether they are few or many, 19 and whether the land that they dwell in is good or bad, and whether the cities that they dwell in are camps or strongholds, 20 and whether the land is rich or poor, and whether there are trees in it or not. Be of good courage and bring some of the fruit of the land.” Now the time was the season of the first ripe grapes.

21 So they went up and spied out the land from the wilderness of Zin to Rehob, near Lebo-hamath. 22 They went up into the Negeb and came to Hebron. Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the descendants of Anak, were there. (Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.) 23 And they came to the Valley of Eshcol and cut down from there a branch with a single cluster of grapes, and they carried it on a pole between two of them; they also brought some pomegranates and figs. 24 That place was called the Valley of Eshcol, because of the cluster that the people of Israel cut down from there.

Report of the Spies

25 At the end of forty days they returned from spying out the land. 26 And they came to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation of the people of Israel in the wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh. They brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. 27 And they told him, “We came to the land to which you sent us. It flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28 However, the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large. And besides, we saw the descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the Negeb. The Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the hill country. And the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and along the Jordan.”

30 But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.” 31 Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.” 32 So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height. 33 And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.”

The People Rebel

14 Then all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people wept that night. 2 And all the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The whole congregation said to them, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! 3 Why is Yehovah bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become a prey. Would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?” 4 And they said to one another, “Let us choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”

5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the people of Israel. 6 And Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes 7 and said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, “The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land. 8 If Yehovah delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey. 9 Only do not rebel against Yehovah. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and Yehovah is with us; do not fear them.” 10 Then all the congregation said to stone them with stones. But the glory of Yehovah appeared at the tent of meeting to all the people of Israel.

11 And Yehovah said to Moses, “How long will this people despise me? And how long will they not believe in me, in spite of all the signs that I have done among them? 12 I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they.”

Moses Intercedes for the People

13 But Moses said to Yehovah, “Then the Egyptians will hear of it, for you brought up this people in your might from among them, 14 and they will tell the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that you, Yehovah, are in the midst of this people. For you, Yehovah, are seen face to face, and your cloud stands over them and you go before them, in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night. 15 Now if you kill this people as one man, then the nations who have heard your fame will say, 16 ‘It is because Yehovah was not able to bring this people into the land that he swore to give to them that he has killed them in the wilderness.’ 17 And now, please let the power of the Lord be great as you have promised, saying, 18 ‘Yehovah is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, to the third and the fourth generation.’ 19 Please pardon the iniquity of this people, according to the greatness of your steadfast love, just as you have forgiven this people, from Egypt until now.”

Elohim Promises Judgment

20 Then Yehovah said, “I have pardoned, according to your word. 21 But truly, as I live, and as all the earth shall be filled with the glory of Yehovah, 22 none of the men who have seen my glory and my signs that I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and yet have put me to the test these ten times and have not obeyed my voice, 23 shall see the land that I swore to give to their fathers. And none of those who despised me shall see it. 24 But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed me fully, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it. 25 Now, since the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwell in the valleys, turn tomorrow and set out for the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea.”

26 And Yehovah spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, 27 “How long shall this wicked congregation grumble against me? I have heard the grumblings of the people of Israel, which they grumble against me. 28 Say to them, ‘As I live, declares Yehovah, what you have said in my hearing I will do to you: 29 your dead bodies shall fall in this wilderness, and of all your number, listed in the census from twenty years old and upward, who have grumbled against me, 30 not one shall come into the land where I swore that I would make you dwell, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun. 31 But your little ones, who you said would become a prey, I will bring in, and they shall know the land that you have rejected. 32 But as for you, your dead bodies shall fall in this wilderness. 33 And your children shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years and shall suffer for your faithlessness, until the last of your dead bodies lies in the wilderness. 34 According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, a year for each day, you shall bear your iniquity forty years, and you shall know my displeasure.’ 35 I, Yehovah, have spoken. Surely this will I do to all this wicked congregation who are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall come to a full end, and there they shall die.”

36 And the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned and made all the congregation grumble against him by bringing up a bad report about the land— 37 the men who brought up a bad report of the land—died by plague before Yehovah. 38 Of those men who went to spy out the land, only Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh remained alive.

Israel Defeated in Battle

39 When Moses told these words to all the people of Israel, the people mourned greatly. 40 And they rose early in the morning and went up to the heights of the hill country, saying, “Here we are. We will go up to the place that Yehovah has promised, for we have sinned.” 41 But Moses said, “Why now are you transgressing the command of Yehovah, when that will not succeed? 42 Do not go up, for the Lord is not among you, lest you be struck down before your enemies. 43 For there the Amalekites and the Canaanites are facing you, and you shall fall by the sword. Because you have turned back from following Yehovah, Yehovah will not be with you.” 44 But they presumed to go up to the heights of the hill country, although neither the ark of the covenant of Yehovah nor Moses departed out of the camp. 45 Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down and defeated them and pursued them, even to Hormah.

Laws About Sacrifices

15 Yehovah spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When you come into the land you are to inhabit, which I am giving you, 3 and you offer to Yehovah from the herd or from the flock a food offering or a burnt offering or a sacrifice, to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering or at your appointed feasts, to make a pleasing aroma to Yehovah, 4 then he who brings his offering shall offer to Yehovah a grain offering of a tenth of an ephah of fine flour, mixed with a quarter of a hin of oil; 5 and you shall offer with the burnt offering, or for the sacrifice, a quarter of a hin of wine for the drink offering for each lamb. 6 Or for a ram, you shall offer for a grain offering two tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with a third of a hin of oil. 7 And for the drink offering you shall offer a third of a hin of wine, a pleasing aroma to Yehovah. 8 And when you offer a bull as a burnt offering or sacrifice, to fulfill a vow or for peace offerings to Yehovah, 9 then one shall offer with the bull a grain offering of three tenths of an ephah of fine flour, mixed with half a hin of oil. 10 And you shall offer for the drink offering half a hin of wine, as a food offering, a pleasing aroma to Yehovah.

11 “Thus it shall be done for each bull or ram, or for each lamb or young goat. 12 As many as you offer, so shall you do with each one, as many as there are. 13 Every native Israelite shall do these things in this way, in offering a food offering, with a pleasing aroma to Yehovah. 14 And if a stranger is sojourning with you, or anyone is living permanently among you, and he wishes to offer a food offering, with a pleasing aroma to Yehovah, he shall do as you do. 15 For the assembly, there shall be one statute for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you, a statute forever throughout your generations. You and the sojourner shall be alike before Yehovah. 16 One law and one rule shall be for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you.”

17 Yehovah spoke to Moses, saying, 18 “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When you come into the land to which I bring you 19 and when you eat of the bread of the land, you shall present a contribution to Yehovah. 20 Of the first of your dough you shall present a loaf as a contribution; like a contribution from the threshing floor, so shall you present it. 21 Some of the first of your dough you shall give to Yehovah as a contribution throughout your generations.

Laws About Unintentional Sins

22 “But if you sin unintentionally, and do not observe all these commandments that Yehovah has spoken to Moses, 23 all that Yehovah has commanded you by Moses, from the day that Yehovah gave commandment, and onward throughout your generations, 24 then if it was done unintentionally without the knowledge of the congregation, all the congregation shall offer one bull from the herd for a burnt offering, a pleasing aroma to Yehovah, with its grain offering and its drink offering, according to the rule, and one male goat for a sin offering. 25 And the priest shall make atonement for all the congregation of the people of Israel, and they shall be forgiven, because it was a mistake, and they have brought their offering, a food offering to Yehovah, and their sin offering before Yehovah for their mistake. 26 And all the congregation of the people of Israel shall be forgiven, and the stranger who sojourns among them, because the whole population was involved in the mistake.

27 “If one person sins unintentionally, he shall offer a female goat a year old for a sin offering. 28 And the priest shall make atonement before Yehovah for the person who makes a mistake, when he sins unintentionally, to make atonement for him, and he shall be forgiven. 29 You shall have one law for him who does anything unintentionally, for him who is native among the people of Israel and for the stranger who sojourns among them. 30 But the person who does anything with a high hand, whether he is native or a sojourner, reviles Yehovah, and that person shall be cut off from among his people. 31 Because he has despised the word of Yehovah and has broken his commandment, that person shall be utterly cut off; his iniquity shall be on him.”

A Sabbathbreaker Executed

32 While the people of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day. 33 And those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation. 34 They put him in custody, because it had not been made clear what should be done to him. 35 And Yehovah said to Moses, “The man shall be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp.” 36 And all the congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him to death with stones, as Yehovah commanded Moses.

Tassels on Garments

37 Yehovah said to Moses, 38 “Speak to the people of Israel, and tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a cord of blue on the tassel of each corner. 39 And it shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of Yehovah, to do them, not to follow after your own heart and your own eyes, which you are inclined to whore after. 40 So you shall remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your Elohim. 41 I am Yehovah your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your Elohim: I am Yehovah your Elohim.”